Years before Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy hoped that the planet Earth would live long and prosper.
This afternoon, in the wake of Nimoy's death, the JFK Library tweeted out the above image of a telegram that Nimoy and his first wife, Sandra, sent to John F. Kennedy at the White House in 1962.
"IN NAME OF DECENCY DON'T POLLUTE AIR WITH BOMB. PRESERVE CHILDREN'S RIGHT BREATHE CLEAN AIR"Mashable's Megan Specia provides some background and context for the telegram in this article.
While the telegram did not stop the Starfish Prime high-altitude nuclear test, its simple plea on pink paper is worth remembering. We'll never, of course, reach the universe's distant stars and planets if we destroy our own.